14 April 1999
Rethink PR, protest farmers told

FARMERS are in need of an urgent public relations rethink, according to Paul Brown, environment correspondent for The Guardian.

“Strange that the National Farmers Union should be lobbying ministers against taxes on diesel and that NFU members should clog up Park Lane, London, with their Land Rovers in Mondays protest against diesel prices,” he writes.

“Not only is the tractor fuel tax-deductible as farmers go about their working lives, it is almost entirely duty free.

“While tax accounts for £2.28 of the £3.40 charged by most garages for a gallon, farmers pay just 10p duty.

“They need an urgent public relations rethink.”